‘Bankian cockatoo’

    Date
    1787
    Creator
    John Latham (1740 - 1837, British)
    Object type
    Library reference
    48050
    Material
    Dimensions
    height (print): 244mm
    width (print): 190mm
    Subject
    Biology
       > Zoology
          > Ornithology
    Biology
       > Natural history
    Content object
    nature
       > animal
          > bird
    Description
    Ornithological study of the Red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii), also known as the Banksian cockatoo [here termed ‘Bankian’] a bird native to Australia. Shown perched on a small tree, with a background of water.

    Plate 109 from the Supplement to the general synopsis of birds, by John Latham (London, Leigh & Sotheby, 1787). The plate is inscribed above ‘Pl. CIX’; and below ‘Bankian Cockatoo.’

    In the associated description, the author states: ‘Inhabits New Holland. In the collection of Sir Joseph Banks, who brought it with him from thence to England, on his return from his voyage around the world. It most certainly differs from the Ceylonese Black Cockatoo; but is probably the same with that mentioned by Mr Parkinson, in his voyage.

    John Latham (1740-1837) British surgeon and naturalist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1775.
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.17531
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